Earlier this week, Google has notified all its users that beginning with the 23rd of March 2015, no graphic nudity will be allowed in their Blogger platform, under the form of pictures, videos with sexually explicit material. The only exception would have been if is a private blog or post, or if is part of the artistic work someone that uses Blogger to publish their creations and make them known to the public. Furthermore, if the content is educational, documentary, or has a certain role in scientific contexts, it is permitted all the way.
However, Google changed its mind, saying that public nudity will be able to remain on the platform if the pages that contain it will be marked with nudity and kept private.
Google’s social product support manager, Jessica Pelegio said that even if this week Google has announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy, the feedback that the company has received, especially from those who have been on Blogger more than ten years and also from those who post sexually explicit content in order to express and contour their identities.
“So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.”
Mrs. Pelegio continued by saying that blog owners should mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as “adult” so that they can be placed behind the “adult content” warning page and that parent control would work properly in everyone’s PC.
Freedom of expression hasn’t won the war with Blogger in the view of Zoe Margolis who is a vocal critic of the move being a sex blogger and author. She has written in The Guardian about Google’s announcement, stating that forcing millions of bloggers to make their content private is not just a free-speech issue, or one about making adult content harder to find, but leads Google all to way to vandalizing the integrity of the Internet. Zoe Margolies believes that people should oppose this policy that is very “narrow-minded”.
The first announcement that has been made by Google this year has been a continuation of a process that has started in 2013, when the company decided to remove Blogger blogs that contained advertisements for online porn sites. In addition, in July 2014, Google stopped porn from showing up in ads that are being present on Blogger. However, the company said that is has never been their intention to completely ban nudity from Blogger.
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